100 Killed as Halloween Crowd Surge Turns Deadly in South Korea

During a Halloween festival in the capital of Seoul, South Korea, at least 100 people were killed and 100 more injured. The large crowd started pushing forward on a narrow street and people were crushed and injured. 

According to Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, the death toll could grow as emergency workers were continuing to transport injured people to the hospitals Saturday night. This all took place in the leisure district of Itaewon. Choi stated that 13 of the dead were sent to hospitals while the bodies of the remaining 46 were still on the streets. The area where the stampede took place is a major party spot in Seoul in a narrow alley.  

Over 400 emergency workers and 140 vehicles from around the nation, were deployed to the streets to treat injured people. Traffic was restricted in nearby areas to speed up transportation of the injured to the hospitals. The scene was completely chaotic and paramedics were seen checking the status of more people who were completely emotionless under blue blankets.  

Police officers were also alerted that there was another stampede on Itaewon’s streets for a Halloween party. Officials are hearing that the cause of the stampede was because the crowd rushed to an Itaewon bar because they heard an unidentified celebrity was there.  

The local media said that around 100,000 people were in attendance for the festivities on the Itaewon streets. The largest crown since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. 

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